L.A. County Board Votes to Accept Syrian Refugees... Liberal NUTS Click to Tweet

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, voting along strict partisan lines, approved the county’s plan to welcome Syrian refugees.

Three Democrats on the board, Mark Ridley-Thomas, Sheila Kuehl, and Hilda Solis, voted for the motion; Ridley-Thomas and Kuehl wrote the proposal. The two Republicans did not approve; Michael D. Antonovich voted no and Don Knabe abstained, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The proposal argued, “Refugees are subject to the strictest form of security screening of any class of traveler to the U.S. before they are allowed to enter, and are subject to extensive background, security and health checks.” The motion concluded:

WE THEREFORE MOVE THAT THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS declare it will honor the federal immigration policies of the United States and welcome refugees fleeing persecution in their home countries to adjust to a new, peaceful and productive life in Los Angeles County.

WE FURTHER MOVE THAT THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS send a letter to the President of the United States and the Congressional delegation expressing the Board’s support of federal efforts to help Syrians fleeing violence and oppression and to increase the overall number of refugees that the U.S. will resettle over the course of the next two years.

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